When: 12 pm – 1 pm, Monday, May 1
Where:  MPP Yasir Naqvi’s office, 109 Catherine St, Ottawa. Between O’Connor and Metcalfe.

The workers of CUPE local 2073 at the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) have now been on strike for nearly 2 months. Join CHS workers and community allies to demand that the provincial government tell CHS management to negotiate a fair contract. What CHS workers are now going through is a testament to the accumulated effects of capitalist austerity, funding cuts, and contracting out of services that should be well funded and public.

Click here for more information.


Celebrate Anti-Colonial & Anti-Capitalist Struggle

Rally and March
When: 3 pm – 7 pm, Monday, May 1
Where:  Minto Park, 315 Elgin St, Ottawa. Gather at 3:00 pm. This is not a permitted march

Free Feast
When: Starting at 5:00 pm, Monday, May 1
Where: Location TBD. Family friendly.

The rally, march, and free feast are organized by the Anti Capitalist Mayday Ottawa coalition. Click here for more information on both events.


The 8th Gil’s Hootenanny
When: 7:30 pm – 10 pm, Monday, May 1
Where: Clarke Room, RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, ON.

Inspired by the legacy of Gil Levine, Monday, May 1st, 2017 will mark the 8th year for Ottawa’s Gil’s Hootenanny, the annual community sing-along celebrating the stories, struggles and victories of working people. Featuring; Moonfruits, the Hootenanny Band, Mark Evenchick, the 2017 Songwriting Contest winner, and special guests. MCs: Karen Flanagan McCarthy & Tony Turner.

Sponsored by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE), Unifor, and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC).

Tickets: $10. Click here for more information.


Make Me Bad May Day

When: 8 pm – 11:30 pm, Monday, May 1
Where: Cafe Nostalgica, 601 Cumberland St, Ottawa

A musical evening, featuring: Apparatchiks, Himig Masa, Jordan Armstrong AKA New Age Hippie, Sky Sky, and Omar Saghir. Click here for more information.


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About May Day

May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, takes place every year on May 1st. May Day is a time to commemorate and amplify the struggles of workers across the world who have fought and continue to fight for fairer wages, better working conditions, and equal economic opportunities.

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Solidarity Ottawa’s May Day Working Group meeting to plan the 2015 May Day march.

Solidarity Ottawa (formerly Solidarity Against Austerity) has led and supported May Day organizing in Ottawa/Gatineau since 2012. May Day events and protests bring together a broad range of groups to challenge government austerity, environmental destruction, and other damaging consequences of corporate greed and predatory capitalism faced by millions of people each day.

Solidarity Ottawa takes to the streets on May Day each year to oppose deepening inequality and the erosion of public services and workers’ rights. These problems are the result of the politics of austerity and the prioritization of capital over human needs and the environment.

Previous May Day events:

May Day 2016
May Day 2015
May Day 2014
May Day 2013
May Day 2012